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Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, And, of Course, Surfing Paperback – August 31, 2010
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About the Author
Laird Hamilton is known as the guiding genius of crossover board sports, and he is truly amazing in the water. His size--6'3", over 215 pounds--makes him seem indestructible. Laird is the elder son of sixties' surfing legend Bill Hamilton and is a throwback to that time when surfers prided themselves on being all-around watermen. His mother, JoAnn, gave birth to him in a "bathysphere" with reduced gravity as part of an experiment at the UC Medical Center in San Francisco. JoAnn was also a surfer and decided to move the family from California to Hawaii when Laird was just a few months old. They lived on Oahu's North Shore and later in a remote valley on Kauai, not far from one of the world's best surf breaks. He learned to surf between the ages of 2 and 3 on the front half of a surfboard; and at age 8, hi father took him to the 6-foot cliff at Waimea Falls, where Laird looked down, looked back at his dad, and jumped. "He's been bold since day one," says Bill, "and hell-bent on living life to the extreme." He lives in Hawaii and California with his wife and three daughters.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, I was at the bookstore again and had some time to kill so I took a second look. I read the first few pages and I was drawn in to his words. I recommend you read the Intro the next time you're in the bookstore to see if it's something you'd be remotely interested in.
I don't know, he just seemed to have a lot in common with the way I think and that's what piqued my curiosity. I really think to enjoy this book you need to have tried to learn something foreign in your life and really embraced it, not giving up no matter how hard it was. I think too many people take the "safe way" out in life and watch from the distance and comment on it. To those people, this book might be mildly interesting.
But Laird is no ordinary guy. He's done some insane things (if you don't believe it, just flip to the page that details all of his injuries). And although the book is an easy read, anyone who has faced similar (I use that term loosely) fears, challenges, or obstacles just gets it. You see how right on he is with his words.
When you get to step inside the mind of a man who has pushed the boundaries of what is humanly possible and in turn created new ways to look at it, you get a rare glimpse that few people have ever experienced.
What's funny is this book is mass published and can be purchased by anyone but I truly believe he poured his heart into this book and that's why I find this book so special.
My wife and I joke that he is a "life coach" just because he seems to cover so many topics and has something interesting to say about each.
I just think his book is fun.Read more ›
Having spent over 20 years as a corporate executive, finally at the CEO level, I stepped back (some migh say dropped out) and took a look at what is important to ME. Larid's book validates doing that and gaining focus on my interest and desires as well as pushing to achieve those goals I had put off for years. Goals like learning how to ride the Pipeline, getting back in the middle of an old-boys scrum and racing crits once again are things that I must do NOW in order to not get down the road and wish, with regret, that I'd done them after achieving my business goals. In other words, this book validates my decision to take my life back, get out of the office, give up the power, breath the air and live again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed reading this. Goes way beyond surfing with lots of useful advice. Definitely check it out. Also great picturesPublished 3 months ago by Yogi Dad
it was a excellent book and I would recommend it to others. It was about many interesting topics and some of those topics are very good.Published 4 months ago by Connor Mckelvey
Beyond being a great surfer, Laird Hamilton writes an information packed, informative, uplifting read! Read morePublished 7 months ago by KatyaSurfer
This book sucked. I read it, and its mostly about how Laird eats, does pushups, and lives. I was hoping for a biography like the movie Laird, but yawned and never finished the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sadtaco
Truly the worst book I have ever paid for - Laird Hamilton is long on ego and short on intellect and should never have been allowed to write a book about himself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shaun Baird